Autism, Hope, Reading

Why I Still Love Harry Potter

I love Harry Potter. It’s a great example of immersive world-building, inclusive characterization, and maintains a message about the power of friendship and togetherness against the believed superiority of one group over others. It also got a generation of kids (and adults) […]

Advocacy, Change, D&D, Writing

Changing Worlds: A Glimpse Into My Own

It’s been a while (again) since I’ve posted anything here. There are various reasons, but mostly twofold: D&D and BLM (Black Lives Matter). First, I’ve been pouring much of myself into world-building and preparing for our new family D&D game! A lot […]

Autism, Reading, Social

The Social Power of Reading

When I have immense difficulty in communicating my ideas, either in person or online, I try to find some productive alternative to occupy me. And besides watching TV or playing a game next to my wife (who understands me even when I […]

Creativity, Hope

Why We Need Artists Now More Than Ever

We really need creative people sharing their ideas, stories, and work in these trying times. With this pandemic screwing with our habits, choices, and even taking our lives, it is more important than ever that we do what we can to stay […]

Creativity, D&D

On Creating (Your Own World)

The key to approaching creativity (and avoiding productivity pr0n and burnout) is to allow yourself to step back. Let ideas come to you organically over time. As you engage in other activities (reading, watching TV, playing games) be ready for inspiration to […]

Writing

Writing is Hard

Writing is hard. It takes a lot of focused energy and attention to get anything down on paper (or screen). Sure, there are times when it more or less flows out of your head, but you can’t just count on those magical […]

Health, Writing

… It Goes On

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. — Robert Frost I’ve had this post idea queued for the next time I “fell off the wagon.” Well, that sure happened this month. One reason was […]

Adversity, Willpower

It’s Okay

It’s okay if all you did today was survive. – Unknown It’s okay to fall behind on a goal. It’s okay to not accomplish much of anything on a given day. Its okay to forget to do that thing you meant to […]

Fear, Writing

Fear of Being Found Out

Often when I am trying to write I find myself facing the fear that I am an impostor. That I am not good enough to produce anything worth reading. That no matter how hard I try or how good I think something […]

Buddhism

An Intro to Buddhism

There are numerous ways to seek an understanding of Buddhism. Here I will share two of the most accessible entry points. The first and most succinct can be found in a single word: awareness. Specifically, turning our awareness to the present moment […]